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Tags: Trump Administration | Donald Trump | GOP2016 | Immigration | rick santorum | donald trump | immigration

Trump Influence Strong at Santorum's Immigration News Conference

Trump Influence Strong at Santorum's Immigration News Conference
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks at the National Press Club on Thursday in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By Thursday, 20 August 2015 02:19 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Although Donald Trump wasn't at Rick Santorum's news conference on immigration Thursday morning, the tycoon's influence on Republican presidential rival Santorum was obvious.

Speaking at the National Press Club, Santorum spelled out a tough agenda to deal with illegal immigration that included the signature vow of Trump: to build a wall along the southern border of the U.S.

Moreover, numerous questions posed to former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum were about Trump, who consistently runs first among the 17 GOP hopefuls in polls among Republicans nationwide and in the crucial early states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

In declaring that he would build "new walls," Santorum told reporters he differed from Trump in that "I won't demand Mexico build a wall." The construction would be a job, he explained, "for U.S. workers."

In response to a question about his billionaire opponent's just-released plan for dealing with illegal immigration, Santorum shot back: "There is a lack of specifics on the part of Mr. Trump on the legal side.

"He has talked about a return of 'historic levels' [of immigration]," explained Santorum, who sought the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. "But he has not talked about how he would do it."

Asked about Trump taking credit for making the issue of illegal immigration "front and center," Santorum did not respond directly and instead spoke of how he wanted to champion working Americans, such as "the 74 percent who don't have college degrees."

He also pointed to his own record in tackling other issues that others in the Senate would not touch and guiding them into law.

He specifically cited the "tough love" welfare reform measure President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1996, and recalled: "I wrote the original bill in the House and managed the [final] bill in the Senate." Santorum also "led the fight for three abortion bills in the Senate," he said.

Speaking proudly of his record in the Senate, the former Keystone State lawmaker contrasted it with the records of "most of those running [for president] who are in the Senate" and said their records are "abject failures" — a not-so-subtle reference to Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Santorum also mentioned that many of the problems Americans face "come back to the breakdown of the nuclear family," citing the works of sociologists such as Charles Murray on this subject.

"Neither party talks about it and neither party wants to talk about this," he said. Borrowing a theme of Trump's in the televised debate, he added: "Political correctness has gotten to the point we don't want to fight for our children."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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Although Donald Trump wasn't at Rick Santorum's news conference on immigration Thursday morning, the tycoon's influence on Republican presidential rival Santorum was obvious.
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